Namibia Travel Information
Coronavirus has been detected in Namibia. In order to
limit the spread, restrictions on movement outside the
home (lockdown) have been introduced in the period March
28 - April 17 in the provinces of Erongo and Khomas,
which include the capital Windhoek and the coastal
cities of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, among others.
Permission is required to travel between the two
provinces. Restrictions are expected to extend to the
entire country. A travel ban has been introduced in all
countries for a period of 30 days. The country's borders
are closed to passenger traffic, including air traffic.
Most trips to Namibia are made without any special
problems. Visitors are rarely exposed to violent crime,
but caution must be exercised.
Recently, however, there has been a general increase
in crime in the country - and this has also hit
visitors. There has been an increase in the number of
armed robberies. Several cases have been reported where
criminals have followed tourists to the accommodation
and robbed them there. The risk of being subjected to
criminal acts can be reduced with simple precautions:
- Do not bring expensive valuables or large sums
of money when you walk on the street. Avoid walking
long after dark. One is more exposed on Sundays and
- Always lock car doors when driving. Avoid having
valuables visible in the car, both when driving and
the car is parked. Do not stop if strangers tell you
that you are having trouble with the car, e.g.
punctured tire. Instead, drive to the nearest gas
station or place with more people.
- Preferably use accommodations with guards. It is
important to pay special attention when waiting for
electrical gates for garage or parking spaces to
- Be careful when withdrawing money from an ATM -
don't let strangers help you. Credit card fraud has
been on the rise.
Poor infrastructure and a large number of traffic
accidents are a major safety risk. By taking simple
precautions one can significantly reduce the risk.
Visitors should inform themselves locally about the
security situation. Power shortages may occur.
- Countryaah: Windhoek is the capital
of Namibia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate in the
capital Windhoek. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for
Namibia is the Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria, South
Tourists can be the victims of crime, especially in
cities and suburbs. Handbag and theft of cell phones on
the open street occurs. The risk of terrorist incidents
in Namibia is considered low. However, landmines and
criminal gangs may be a problem in the border areas
against Angola in the north.
The country is exposed to severe weather that can
result in major human and material damage. Long periods
of drought and forest fires can occur, as well as sudden
rainfall that can result in floods and floods.
There is left-hand traffic in Namibia, and the
traffic picture may appear to be confusing and complex.
Some vehicles have a low technical standard and may be a
risk to others. Given the country's dispersed population
and long distances, car hire may be appropriate.. Not
all major roads are paved. It is therefore important
that the car you hire fits the roads you should drive
on. When renting a car, it is recommended to enter into
a contract with extended insurance. It is also important
to know the distance to the next gas station and bring
enough drinking water. Hiking and camping should, as a
rule, be done together with a local guide.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Namibia are encouraged to register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
Norwegian citizens are further encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers: Police 10111, fire (061) 21
1111, City Police (061) 30 2302, Hospital Medi Clinic in
Windhoek: (061) 433 1000/222 687
In crisis and emergency, Norwegians are encouraged to
contact the Embassy in Pretoria by telephone Tel: +27
123 643 700 or +47 23 95 26 00. Outside the opening
hours, the public can contact the UD's 24-hour operating
center on tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail. mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Travelers should seek information on entry
regulations to Namibia at Namibia's nearest embassy,
which for most Norwegians will be the country's
embassy in Stockholm.
Proof of yellow fever vaccine is recommended, as this
may be required upon entry.
Norwegians do not need to apply for a visa in advance
to visit Namibia. A visitor visa is granted upon entry
for up to three months and is free of charge. Note that
there must be at least one blank page for each entry or
exit in your passport. The passport must also be valid
for six months after departure. Visitors must also be
prepared to present a valid return ticket upon entry, as
well as proof that they have sufficient funds (cash and
Only passports are accepted as valid identification
documents. Remember that it is the traveler's
responsibility to ensure that travel documents, such as
passports, are valid.
When entering and leaving Namibia, a birth
certificate with apostille is required for children
under 18 years of age. If not both parents travel with
the minor, the consent of the person who does not travel
with the child must be shown, cf. press release from
Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration. For more
information on the apostille see Apostille Stamp on the
document of the County Governor.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Feel free to follow local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
the situation. For information from the Namibian
authorities, see the Ministry of Health website.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The cleanliness of larger, international hotels and
most guesthouses of a certain standard is satisfactory.
The same goes for most accommodations in areas that are
frequently visited by tourists.
Fountains are generally safe to drink, and bottled
water is available in most stores. The standard of
health services in the major cities is good and
relatively modern. Malaria is widespread in the northern
and northeastern parts of Namibia, and malaria medicine
should be used. Contact travel clinic/doctor before
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health provides
health professional travel advice and guidance (also on
vaccines) to Norwegians when traveling abroad.
The power supply is at 220 volts as in Norway, but
you will need a local adapter. Country Code +264.
Well-developed GSM mobile network in major cities and
along the main roads.
Namibia has left-hand traffic.
A Namibian dollar is worth the equivalent of a South
The use of the major international cards is
widespread and increasing. ATMs are common in major
Opening hours are: Banks; 09: 00-15: 30, Saturday:
08: 30-11: 00. Shops; 09: 00-17: 00, Saturday 09: 00-13:
00. Many shops are also open on Sundays and supermarkets
may have longer opening hours. Local variations occur.
Holidays: January 1, March 21 (Independence Day),
2nd Easter Day, May 1 (Workers Day), May 4 (Cassinga
Day), Ascension Day, May 25 (Africa Day), August 26
(Heroes' Day), December 10 (International Human Rights
Day), December 25 and 26
Namibia is one hour ahead of Norway as long as it is
winter time in Norway. When it is summer time, Namibia
is an hour behind Norway.
Most of Namibia has desert, semi-desert or savannah
climate. The rainfall is sparse on an annual basis. Most
rain falls in the northeast. The hottest time is from
November to March, when the temperature can be above 35
degrees. The nights in July-September can be chilly,
especially in the central parts of the country. The
coastal areas have some fog, and the water is cold, the
latitude taken into account.
Namibia is characterized by great ethnic diversity
and there can be major differences between the customs
and traditions of the different population groups.
The largest African population groups are ovambo,
which constitutes approx. 1 million people, followed by
herero/himba (approx. 180,000), kavango (160,000),
damara, nama, etc. About 65,000 have Afrikaans as their
mother tongue and there is also a German-speaking
minority of approx. 20,000. Most visitors to Namibia
find that they come very far with English.
The driving limit for driving is 0.5.
It is common to give 10-15 percent tips on eating
Drug use and smuggling are prohibited and can result
in severe penalties.
There are no formal laws against photography, but
please note that in some cases, tourists have been
arrested for taking photographs. Senate House,
President's properties, and other buildings and areas
under police guard. It may be necessary to examine
whether it is permissible to photograph before taking